MUSE TV‘s Asia Woodley sits down with the stars of the upcoming film, Booksmart Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein at CinemaCon 2019 in Las Vegas.
Booksmart is a fresh, unfiltered, original comedy and coming-of-age tale about your high school ride-or-die. “From the beginning, my take on the story was that high school has extremely high stakes,” says director Olivia
Wilde. “When you’re in it, high school feels like life or death. I wanted to approach this film the same way a director would approach a high-octane action movie,” continues Wilde.
“I wanted it to feel like a buddy cop
movie, where it’s about partners who have each other’s backs no matter what. They can be very different people who can support each other, complete each other, but within a high-stakes environment. We took
inspiration from Beverly Hills Cop, Training Day and Lethal Weapon.
Basically, Booksmart is a relationship movie, set in a high school environment that reflects just how high the stakes truly are during that period of our lives.”
At its heart, Booksmart is a story about the breadth and depth of female friendship. “I was very happy that this movie was being made, even before I thought I even had a chance in hell of being part of it,” recalls Wilde.
“I was just grateful that someone was making a story about female friendship that wasn’t about them just trying to get a guy or trying to assimilate.”
“The movie isn’t about two nerdy girls who just want to dress up like popular girls and somehow bag the
popular guy,” continues Wilde. “It’s a story about the friendship between two young girls which for most women at that age is their first intimate relationship before they move on into adulthood. It’s an intense bond,
and it’s something that most of us can reflect upon and think, ‘How did that friendship inform my identity and my future relationships?’
The film is directed by Olivia Wilde and in addition to Dever and Feldstein also stars Jessica Williams with Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikies. The film opens in theaters on May 24.
See an early screening of Booksmart on May 17 at a theater near you. Get your tickets now at https://tickets.booksmart.movie/?gcli…